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I've been eating a pure paleo diet for about three months now and feel better than I've felt in a long time. I'm training for a marathon and my long runs are getting into the 2 hours + range. I've been reading Loren Cordain's "Paleo for Athletes" (as well as a lot of web sites for paleo runners) in order to get a better handle on what/when to eat during my training. For any paleo runners out there, what do you eat/drink during and immediately after a long run?
I love dates and dried mango. I haven't tried either while on a run, however, as they are kinda chewy.
I have seen suggested carrying cooked potatoes... I just am not that dedicated lol
I generally don't bother with fuel in training until I'm running more than 4 hours. After a run, I like to get in some protein and fat in an easy-to-digest format (grass-fed whey concentrate, MCT, avocado with a small handful of berries).
For marathon racing, all bets are off - I use gels.
pace sera, sera
I eat about a 1/2 portion of protein + some fat before a long run (like 1-2 hardboiled eggs and some avocado or some homemade chicken salad w mayonnaise). During the run, I use date/nut balls, dates, dried fruit, or Huma gels (they have some added sweetener, but they're SO much better than anything else on the market). Afterwards, it's carbs and protein, like an omelette w veggies or some sweet potato.
Cook, Pray, Love
My son is a college decathlete. He and a teammate tried paleo for athletes and even though they're not distance runners, they just couldn't make it work for their 3-4 hour a day training. He's now a vegan and that somehow is more workable than the paleo.
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